Charlotte Ann Coggins
Charlotte Ann Coggins, 57, passed away on Nov. 4. Charlotte lost her long battle with multiple sclerosis and cancer, and upon death made a significant donation of organ tissue to ongoing MS research. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening, Nov. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a Rosary will immediately follow, both at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. in Bakersfield. The Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 124 Columbus St., at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. Private graveside services will be at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.
Charlotte was born on February 17, 1955, in Mojave raised in Tehachapi, and attended Highland High School in Bakersfield. She owned several Subway shops with longtime friend Jeannie Yackley. She was good at bookkeeping and personnel matters. Unfortunately, over the last few years her multiple sclerosis had debilitating effects, leading to eventual full-time care at Glenwood Gardens Nursing Home.
Charlotte collected angel and owl figurines and unique teapots, but her favorite pastime was being a fan of singer Neil Diamond. She was also a member of Toastmasters.
Charlotte is survived by her siblings and their spouses, Tom and Linda Finch, and Cheri and Thurmon VanDeMark. Charlotte also had many extended family members on both her father and mother’s side of the family, including niece, Pamela Stack; nephews, Jeffrey and Joan Finch, Michael and Tracy Finch, and Lance and Martha Alverson; cousin, Donna Christy, who along with Charlotte’s dad called her “Shug”; seven great-nieces and -nephews; and four great-great-nieces and -nephews. There are many memories from their young lives spending holidays at Grandpa Jack’s and Grandma Shirley’s house. Charlotte also considered Pete and Jeannie Yackley a part of her adopted family. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Coggins, who worked most of his career for Shell Oil Company in Bakersfield; and by her parents, Charles “Jack” and Shirley Brown.
Her family thanks the volunteers and staff of Optimal Hospice and at Glenwood Gardens Nursing Home for giving Charlotte wonderful care and attention. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society – Kern Chapter and/or Optimal Hospice Foundation in Bakersfield.
Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. of Tehachapi is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.